Improvements at Vero Beach Dog Park have continued during the spring and summer months with a goal of creating a more welcoming and accessible entrance to the south dog park entry area. The improvements to the south entry are largely funded by Kathy and Kevin Spittle through the Spittle Family Fund. The south entry area will be named in their honor. Additional improvement projects have been realized through many generous private contributions and a grant from the Indian River County Community Foundation.
New south entrance landscaping was planted in July and included shrubbery and several mature trees. Personalized bricks were relocated into a memorial garden area. For those who may not have a dog, benches and a shade structure will provide comfort outside the fences to watch dogs at play.
New pavers lead to three kiosks that are strategically placed in the dog park and will hold special notices, first aid kits, and report forms. Existing fencing at the south entrance was replaced with higher fencing creating a safer entry for people and pets. Wheel stops were installed in both east and south parking areas to protect pedestrians as they walk along the fences.
Bob Joy, President of the Vero Beach Dog Park Board stated that “As part of the next phase of improvements, a shaded pergola will be constructed in the small dog area and the Board of Directors will pursue the installation of an irrigation system in the small dog area to help recondition the turf and keep it in good shape for the dogs.”
The only free public dog park in Vero Beach, the 5-acre park is maintained in first-rate condition thanks to the generous support of private citizens and grants. Recognizing its fourth anniversary in March, the Vero Beach Dog Park is fully woven into the fabric of the Vero Beach community. The dog park is located on Indian River Drive East and is leased from the City of Vero Beach. The dog park is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
The dog park relies exclusively on donations and grants. In 2017 $49,000 was spent in maintaining the park. There has been over $140,000 in private dollars invested in capital improvements to the park since 2014. In late February the Vero Beach City Council presented the Vero Beach Dog Park with a proclamation recognizing the great partnership between the City and the Vero Beach Dog Park non-profit organization.
The mission of the dog park is to provide a clean, safe environment for both dogs and their owners. To learn more about Vero Beach Dog Park go to www.verobeachdogpark.org